How to Clean Tough Stains on a Leather Jacket
Like it or not, if you live a lot of life with your favorite leather jacket, you will eventually experience a tough stain or two. It's best if you can get to a stain immediately, but this isn't always possible, or a stain may go unnoticed for a period of time. The following tips and materials can help get rid of the toughest stains, but as always, use care and be sure to spot check your method first.
Soap and Water
Use a soft, clean sponge and a mixture of soap and water. Wipe the sponge in a circular motion, then dab with a dry cloth. Repeat the procedure, alternating between sponge and cloth until the stain is (hopefully) gone.
Use your finger to apply non-gel toothpaste to the stain. Then, using a soft cloth, rub gently in a circular motion to cover the entire stain. Do not scrub or you may scratch or discolor the leather. Let the toothpaste sit on the stain for ten seconds and then use a soft damp cloth to rub the toothpaste off gently as the stain lifts.
Nail Polish Remover
To remove ink stains, blot the area with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. The ink may spread if you rub. Then, blot with a clean, moist cloth and gently dry with a towel.
Baking Soda, Baby Powder, or Cornstarch
Sprinkle baking soda, baby powder, or cornstarch over oil or grease stains to remove them. Using a moist cloth, gently massage the affected area. Allow the resulting paste to sit for several hours or even overnight. The oil will be absorbed by baking soda, baby powder, or starch. Then, using a clean cloth, wipe away the powder and dry with a soft towel.
Do you need to remove mold from leather? Combine one part rubbing alcohol and one part water in a mixing bowl. Wipe the affected area with a dampened cloth soaked in the alcohol solution. Clean with another moist cloth. This should move mildew as well.
If the stain persists, it's time to call in the pros. And remember, what may work for one type of leather jacket may not be best for another, so conducting a spot test on an inconspicuous area would be advisable before using any of the above suggestions.
Finally, If your jacket is looking a little dull, you can use a small amount ofleather conditioner or upholstery wax with a soft cloth to buff out the leather.